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A high-flying Downtown Funk Party

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

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The Acrobat Guy defies gravity as he thrills young and old during the second annual Downtown Funk Street Party hosted Saturday by the Pembroke Business Improvement Area (PBIA).

Sean Chase/Daily Observer The Acrobat Guy defies gravity as he thrills young and old during the second annual Downtown Funk Street Party hosted Saturday by the Pembroke Business Improvement Area (PBIA).

 

Pembroke's downtown core was turned into one of a traditional pedestrian mall Saturday with the second annual Downtown Funk Street Party.

Hosted by the membership of the Pembroke Business Improvement Area (PBIA), the event featured an afternoon of live music, food vendors, street performances and life-sized board games. It also featured the grand opening of the downtown's newest business, The Giggling Goats Retro Sweets and Treats.

After the successful inaugural event last year to mark the association's 40th anniversary, PBIA manager Heather Sutherland said she was thrilled to see residents take in all that the downtown has to offer. She said there was a deliberate decision to focus on music, performances and interactive events as part of the Downtown Funk schedule.

“This engages the crowd in different ways and it gets people to walk downtown and check things out,” she said. “That is the best to discover all the new and existing businesses.”

The day featured an open house for Elevate: Mind Body Health inside The Phoenix Centre and live music from the ToneKeys and Sparklesaurus at Kerry's Place. There was also a photo booth, hip hop dancing, a performance from the Acrobat Guy and bamboo dance and thai boxing demonstrations put on Thai Gardens.

One of the major highlights was the 13th annual Dr. Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot which switched venues from the waterfront to the downtown for this year. Sutherland said the PBIA was excited to join with the fundraising run for the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation noting many of the spectators stayed around to take in the downtown later on.

“They really wanted to bring their event into the downtown core,” she said. “It was really cool to see 300 runners making their way down the main street. It's really nice to build those partnerships in the community and they gave us a ready-made crowd that we could tap into.”

SChase@postmedia.com